SAWYER COUNTY -- A criminal complaint has been filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court charging John Begay of Plymouth, WI with Class B Felony 1st Degree Child Sexual Assault - Sexual Contact With Child Under Age 13.

The criminal complaint states that in the fall of 2016, Begay had sexual contact with a child who was born in 2010. Begay would have been age 55 at the time of the alleged sexual assault.

According to the criminal complaint, officers of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Department received information that Begay had sexual contact with a female child who was born in 2010. This information stated that Begay had been consuming alcohol and using controlled substances along with other adults when it was decided that some of the adults would take a ride. The child requested to go along on the ride, and during the ride, Begay allegedly put his hands up the child’s skirt and sexually assaulted her.

The information that was provided to law enforcement went on to state that another adult male in the vehicle suspected that the assault had occurred and after confronting Begay, punched out two of Begay’s teeth.

The criminal complaint states that a forensic interview was conducted with the child in November 2018. The child provided statements that corroborated that information previously received by law enforcement, including a description of Begay.

When law enforcement interviewed Begay he denied any sexual contact with the child.

At the time of this post, according to the Offender Locator on the Wisconsin Department of Corrections website, John Begay is currently incarcerated in the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution and is not eligible to be released until November 2019.

Online circuit court records show that an arrest warrant is active for John Begay pertaining to this criminal case filed against him in Sawyer County Circuit Court.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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